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Arts & Entertainment

Heritage arts, music, skills and history were showcased at Saturday’s event.

Doug Hubbs, right, of Cave Creek Pottery demonstrates the art of “throwing a pot” at the 11th annual Folk Festival in downtown Franklin.

Photo by Betsey Gooder



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The Sundown Band will bring a wide variety of music to Sylva’s Bridge Park from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., this Friday, July 25, as part of the Concerts on the Creek series.

The Sundown Band is a Western North Carolina group with experience entertaining a wide variety of audiences. They perform country, rock, R&B, Motown and ’60s and ’70s pop. Based in Andrews, the group includes Don O’Dell, Rick Davenport, Jamie Nichols, Johnny McCoy, Sammy Mason and Andrea Reid.

The Sundown Band is influenced by the Eagles, Bob Seger and the Atlanta Rhythm Section.


In anticipation of the growing popularity of the Youth Arts Festival, the Jackson County Green Energy Park is seeking both new participants and returning alumni artists to assist with this year’s event, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. An estimated 1,600 children and adults will be in attendance to watch artisans practice their craft, listen to local music, and get their hands dirty with art projects.

Artists must be prepared to demonstrate their skills throughout the day, and engage the attendees. There is no booth or space fee, and artists may sell their handmade items from their booths. However, no factory-produced items are allowed to be sold at the event.


Josh McDowell is a Christian advocator, evangelist, and writer who has impacted the lives of millions of people worldwide. He is bringing his experience, faith, and commitment to his widely-popular speaking ministry to the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, July 30. At this free event, which will start at 7 p.m., McDowell will deliver a heartfelt discussion entitled, “Save Our Children, Save Our World!,” and will focus on one central message: Finding a way to reverse the slippery slope that attracts children before it’s too late.

Having experienced many hardships and challenges throughout his childhood, McDowell understands how easy it is for young people to stray from the gospel. After overcoming many personal trials, McDowell enrolled in college and decided to pursue legal studies which he hoped would lead to a career in politics. At the time, Mc- Dowell considered himself agnostic and found himself researching historical evidence of the Christian faith in order to disprove it in a writing assignment. However, after he only found evidence that supported Christianity, he began to live his life differently and became a Christian. After that, he changed his career path to theology.


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